The Minnesota State High School League announced today a major change to the regular season football schedule as well as changes to the 6A football playoff format.
Beginning this fall, the football season will start on August 10th and teams will be required to put in two full weeks of conditioning and practice. In prior years, teams had one week of conditioning before two weeks of practice. Under the new rules, teams must play an 8 game schedule and will play three games prior to school beginning.
Schools will be placed in districts of 16 or more schools based on geographic proximity and like enrollments as the placement criteria. The member schools within each district will then establish their own protocol for scheduling eight regular season games.
The changes were made to accommodate the need to move the Prep Bowl earlier due to TCF Bank's availability.
The state's 32 biggest schools will have their playoff format tweaked as well. The 32 teams will be seeded and placed into one of several pre-determined but unannounced brackets that would have 16 teams on each side playing two rounds down to the final eight that would qualify for the state tournament.